Our Program and Courses
Anthropology is a major and minor at F&M. Our program is distinguished among private liberal arts colleges for its comprehensive blend of cultural anthropology, archaeology, and linguistic anthropology. By studying anthropology at F&M, you’ll explore humanity through anthropological theory and research, inspecting questions like the natural roles of parents, the meaning of work, the function of ritual, and more.
By the time you graduate, you will have earned:
- A broad understanding of the world’s cultural, social and biological diversity in the past and present.
- The skills for comparative perspective to reflect upon your own lives, beliefs and accepted assumptions.
- A foundation for anthropological study using social science and natural science.
- A holistic liberal education outlook that provides a strong background in critical thinking, analysis and writing.
- Broad appreciation for global diversity and deep empathy for others.
Curious about what anthropology classes are like? Peruse our course catalog to see the depth and breadth of what’s available to you.
Our Faculty and Staff
Assistant Professor Cultural Anthropology/Africana StudiesContact »
Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology/Africana StudiesContact »
Christina H McSherry
Adjunct Assistant Professor AnthropologyContact »
Lewis Audenreid Professor of History and Archaeology, Professor of Anthropology, Emerita
Africana StudiesContact »
Lauris A McKee
Emerita Associate Professor and Senior Rearch Associate in AnthropologyContact »
Learning Outside the Classroom
You’ll discover that anthropological studies frequently spill out of the classroom and into the field. With research opportunities, off-campus study, the Anthropology Club, and more, there are a plethora of ways to immerse yourself in anthropology at F&M.
As you dig into anthropology, you will unearth theories and questions about your field.
At F&M, every student is prepared for graduate school through extraordinary opportunities
to engage in independent or faculty-led research . Anthropology students have researched a wide range of anthropological ideas, from
fashion costumes in different cultures to how fishing communities endure when rivers
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At F&M, you’ll find extraordinary opportunities to study abroad. Our anthropology
majors have studied in Ireland, Russia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, China, Japan, Morocco,
Senegal and Ethiopia, to name a few places. As an anthropology major, you can make
study abroad integral to your experiences and research.
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The Anthropology Club
Join the Anthropology Club, an F&M student organization that sponsors films, speakers and special events as well as publishes The Kituhwan, a student journal featuring anthropology student papers.
Museums & Libraries
F&M’s own Phillips Museum of Art and the nearby North Museum, a natural historical
collection located near campus, offer comprehensive materials on anthropological subjects.
Additional resources for anthropology students include F&M’s two research libraries:
Shadek-Fackenthal Library and Martin Library of the Sciences, which houses F&M’s archives
and special collections.
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Success Beyond F&M
After you graduate with a degree in anthropology, what next? A rich field of opportunities awaits.
Most of our anthropology majors choose to pursue graduate school after F&M. Many complete or enroll in doctoral programs in science, medicine or law. Our graduates have completed their advanced degrees at the best universities in the U.S. and abroad.
Career outcomes for anthropology graduates are diverse. Many obtain entry-level positions in education, archaeology, business, historic preservation, museum curation, international development, forensics, law and tourism. Our alumni have also held positions such as:
- Cultural Resource Manager
- Human Rights Lawyer
- Museum Curator
With a liberal arts degree, the world is at your fingertips. Just keep in mind what professional anthropologists can do:
- Teach and research at colleges and universities
- Investigate historical sites and artifacts for the World Bank
- Forensic research at world heritage sites for the United Nations
- Advise and consult on policy, law and governance
- Excavate indigenous sites
- And so much more!
A Burning Passion for AnthropologyA childhood spent growing up around Native American artifacts unearthed in her Harleysville, Pa., backyard left Madison Fortier '23 with an abiding interest in archaeology. The recent grad secured a seven-week internship last summer in Kenya, where she worked at a 1.5-million-year-old archaeological site. The experience inspired her to study micro-archaeology and paleo-anthropology in graduate school.
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Blending Anthropology and FashionSitting in an office as her mother worked, a young Siwen Shen '23 would entertain herself by crafting collages made of models and clothes she found in fashion magazines. “As time flew by, I learned fashion isn’t only about pretty clothes or high-quality materials. It’s also about stories and history behind a brand,” Shen said. Shen, an anthropology major, blended her love of fashion and anthropology through an event internship at renowned fashion design firm Diane von Furstenburg (DVF).
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“I’ve always liked bridging cultural gaps.”Anthropology offered Paolo Caglioti '21 a chance to examine his own identity growing up on the east end of Long Island — a melting pot of affluent "small-towners," Latin American immigrants and Shinnecock Nation Indigenous tribe members. "I kind of fell in between that — an eclectic working class family of Greeks and Italians," he said. "I built upon that in anthropology at F&M, studying cultural differences. What's it like to be in these spaces? How do we make sense of them and how can we create something and highlight the voices and dignity of people that feel unheard or misrepresented?"
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F&M Anthropology in Action
September 15, 2023
Student’s Research Investigates World War II Mission in Germany
History and archaeology are F&M senior Gavin Vogel's twin studies of interest. This summer, he found himself immersed in both.
August 10, 2023
F&M Faculty Uncover History of Underground Railroad in Lancaster
A historic home in downtown Lancaster is being turned into a museum by LancasterHistory, thanks in part to contributions by Franklin & Marshall College faculty.
February 8, 2023
An Uncommon Path to Professor: Adeem Suhail
Once my eyes were open, I couldn't just go back to a normal 9-to-5 existence. Adeem Suhail was visiting his hometown of Karachi, Pakistan, in 2007 when then-prime minister Benazir...